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Police: Fredericksburg Blast, Two in Stafford County May Be Related

Two home explosions in Stafford County followed within two hours of the Fredericksburg home explosion, said police.

An early morning explosion inside a Fredericksburg home Tuesday may be related to two similar incidents in Stafford County, said Natatia Bledsoe, Fredericksburg Police Department Public Information Officer.

At approximately 4 a.m., the Fredericksburg Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported explosion inside a home in the 3100 block of Normandy Avenue, according to Bledsoe. The adult female occupant of the home was not injured and evacuated the home safely, along with her dog.

Investigators were on the scene collecting evidence through the day Tuesday.  

Fire personnel found smoke inside the home and significant damage to the interior of the single story residence. "The investigation determined a homemade incendiary device was placed or thrown inside the home and subsequently detonated," said Bledsoe.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Bledsoe sent a press release reporting two similar incidents in Stafford County on Tuesday morning.

The first incident occurred at 4:33 a.m. when Stafford County Deputies responded to an address in the Kings Grant subdivision for a report of a shot fired into a residence, said Major David Decatur in a press release.

"The caller reported hearing, what was believed at the time, a shot fired outside the residence, coupled with glass breaking inside the home," said Decatur. "The preliminary investigation revealed that a homemade incendiary device was placed or thrown outside of the residence. None of the occupants inside the home were injured and the home sustained minor damage from the explosion."

The second incident occurred at 5:53 a.m., reported Decatur. "The Sheriff's Office responded to an address in the Country Ridge Subdivision for a report of an explosion outside a residence. The preliminary investigation has revealed that a homemade incendiary device was placed or thrown to the rear of the residence. None of the occupants inside the home were injured and the home sustained minor property damage," said Decatur.

The Fredericksburg Police Department, the Fredericksburg Fire Marshal, the Stafford Sheriff’s Office, the Stafford County Fire Marshal’s Office, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and Virginia State Police are working together on the investigation

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact the Fredericksburg Police Department at 540-373-3122 or Stafford Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020, text "Stafford (plus your tip)" to "Crimes" (274637), or online.

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